Knitting Realistic Stuffed Animals: Make a Puppy from Yarn
Explore creative knitting techniques to bring to life authentic-looking animal creatures and customize them using different patterns and shapes
“Knitting is my favorite medium. It allows me a wide range of options in terms of shapes, textures, and styles.”
With needles and yarn, knitting pattern designer Claire Garland creates realistic-looking stuffed animals which she sells online and shares with over 120K followers on Instagram. She has also written and published several books on her expertise, including Magical Woodland Knits.
Begin the course by getting to know knitting pattern designer Claire Garland. Discover how she turned her love of crafts into a business, along with the influences that inspire her and the work she creates.
Dive into the tools needed for the course, from needles and markers to toy filling. Then take a look at the different yarns you’ll be working with, along with the main stitches you’ll need to create your animal.
Time to start building the head of your puppy, starting with the muzzle before moving on to the forehead, eyebrows, and cheeks. Add the nose and eyes before composing the mouth and ears. Claire then shows you how to customize your design using different patterns and variants.
Complete your piece by knitting the body, from the back through to the legs, tail, and belly. To wrap up the course, Claire shows you how to add the final stitches before bringing your puppy to life with stuffing.